David Pratt has been working hard for the people of Nepean-Carleton as their elected representative at the municipal, regional and federal levels of government for 16 years. Having lived in the riding nearly his entire life, Mr. Pratt knows what his community needs and has a proven record of producing results for his constituents.
In December 2003, Prime Minister Paul Martin asked him to serve as Canada’s Minister of National Defence. He is the first federal Liberal cabinet minister in the history of the riding. Mr. Pratt’s seat at the cabinet table provides the community of Nepean-Carleton a direct voice at the highest level of government.
Mr. Pratt has also served as the Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence and Veterans Affairs and Canada’s Special Envoy to Sierra Leone.
Prior to his election to Parliament in June 1997 and his re-election in November 2000, he served three terms in municipal politics. He was elected to Nepean City Council in 1988 and was re-elected in 1991 to both Nepean City Council and Ottawa-Carleton Regional Council. In 1994, David was re-elected to Regional Council by acclamation. It was during his years on Nepean City Council that he developed his strong sense of fiscal responsibility and commitment to balanced budgets.
Mr. Pratt’s priorities include building a stronger public health care system, investing in life-long education, improving our local roads and transit system, helping our local businesses prosper, and modernizing the Canadian Forces.